College of Visual & Performing Arts, School of Music
Eric Rieger is a visiting assistant professor of voice. As a tenor, professor Rieger has had great success performing opera throughout Europe, where he has sung under such conductors as John Elliot Gardner, Stefano Ranzani and Franz Welser-Möst. His career has led him to the opera companies of Zürich, Luzern and Basel (in Switzerland); Trier, Regensburg, Kaiserslautern, Bremerhaven, Osnabrück, Nordhausen and Konstanz (Germany); and Novara (Italy). He has also performed at Zomeropera Alden Biesen (Belgium), Citizens Theatre (Scotland), Everyman Palace Theatre (Ireland) and the Mozart and Friends Opera Festival (New Jersey).
Primarily known for his interpretations of Rossini, Donizetti and Mozart, professor Rieger has excelled in such roles as:
- Conte Almaviva (Il Barbiere di Siviglia)
- Don Ramiro (La Cenerentola)
- Lindoro (L'Italiana in Algeri)
- Nemorino (L'Elisir d'Amore)
- Ernesto (Don Pasquale)
- Tonio (La Fille du Régiment)
- Tamino (Die Zauberflöte)
- Belmonte (Die Entführung aus dem Serail)
- Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni)
- Ferrando (Cosí fan tutte)
His wide-ranging repertoire of more than 50 roles reaches from the Baroque (Oronte in Alcina, Rameau's Dardanus) to the 20th century (Tom Rakewell in The Rake's Progress, Britten's Albert Herring). Recently, he began exploring French Grand Opera with his portrayal of Chevalier des Grieux in Massenet's Manon.
Equally at home on the concert platform, professor Rieger has appeared with many notable orchestras such as the Royal Scottish National Orchestra under Alexander Lazarev, the Basel Sinfonietta, St. John's Orchestra (London), the Luxembourg Chamber Orchestra "Les Musiciens" and the Trier Philharmonic Orchestra. He has also been featured at the Claudio Monteverdi Festival in Italy, the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Frequent oratorio and concert performances have included Handel's Messiah; J.S. Bach's St. Matthew Passion, Magnificat and many Cantatas; Mozart's Requiem; Rossini's Messe Solennelle; Orff's Carmina Burana; and Britten's Serenade, among others. A passionate recitalist, he has been heard in the United States and Europe interpreting a vast array of song literature.
In addition to his performance career, professor Rieger is in demand as a voice teacher and is an active member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. He previously served on the faculty of Nazareth College in Rochester, NY. Additionally, he maintained a private studio in Germany for several years. His students are performing throughout Europe and have been finalists and won first prize at NATS chapter auditions. Professor Rieger is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.